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Argument leads to couples arrest
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An elderly couple was arrested last weekend after each accused the other of domestic abuse and ownership of crack pipes.

Last Saturday, Covington Police Officer J.W. Blankenship was dispatched to South Emory Street in reference to an assault. When he arrived at the residence, Blankenship was met on the front porch by Dennis Rhodes who yelled, "Hey here I am. She hit me with a bat."

Rhodes reportedly said the woman who hit him was across the street at a neighbor's house. Blankenship looked over Rhodes' arm, but there appeared to be little damage. Upon walking into the house with Rhodes, Blankenship reportedly noticed broken glass from a beer bottle, a broken umbrella and two used crack pipes.

Rhodes reportedly said the umbrella and beer bottle were broken when his wife threw them at him. She was mad, he said, because he had been complaining about her drug use. He then reportedly showed Blankenship another used crack pipe in a kitchen drawer.

The EMS arrived on scene to treat Rhodes and Blankenship walked outside to speak with the wife, Joella Rhodes. She reportedly told Blankenship that she left the house after her husband hit her in the face and yelled at her. Blankenship reported he could not see any visible marks on her body.

Joella Rhodes said she had hit her husband with the umbrella and that she had thrown the beer bottle on the ground, not at him. Both parties had reportedly been drinking.

Blankenship asked her if she had hit her husband with a bat and she said, "I'm 72-years-old. Why would I do that?"

He then asked who the crack pipes belonged to and she reportedly said they were her husbands.

Both Dennis and Joella Rhodes were arrested for disorderly conduct and possession of drug related items. They were transported to the Newton County Law Detention Center.